Time and time again I have witnessed the huge benefit a diagnosis can be to adults but finding a suitable assessor can be difficult. Many are trained as teachers and assessors of children, not adults. Assessments can also be extremely costly. I therefore started the Adult Dyslexia Assessment Services in 2007 with the aim of providing quality assessments at a reasonable price.
I am a qualified and experienced teacher of adults with two specialist dyslexia qualifications, including one accredited by the British Psychological Society in psychometric testing. I am an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and also hold a current PATOSS practising certificate. This enables me to carry out assessments for students applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). In 2015 I completed an MSc in Developmental Disorders. It is common for dyslexia to co-exist with other specific learning difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/dyspraxia (DCD). An in-depth knowledge of a wide range of developmental disorders enables to me to make a more informed diagnosis.
I started teaching adults in 1988. My interest in dyslexia began very early on in my teaching career whilst working with offenders. I have spent many years working in FE colleges, first as a lecturer and later as the co-ordinator of the dyslexia service. I currently work part-time as a disability advisor at a university. I am also involved in training and I run workshops on dyslexia, DCD, ADHD, and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).
Sally Agobiani, MSc Developmental Disorders, PGCE, DipSpLD (AMBDA), BPS CCET